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Bomb disposal experts detonate unexploded WW2 device found in Royal Docks

PUBLISHED: 11:29 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 15 February 2018

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts detonate an unexploded Second World War bomb in the Thames estuary off Shoeburyness, Essex, after its discovery earlier this week in the King George V Dock Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts detonate an unexploded Second World War bomb in the Thames estuary off Shoeburyness, Essex, after its discovery earlier this week in the King George V Dock Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The dramatic moment an unexploded bomb found in King George V Dock was detonated off the coast of Essex has been captured on video.

The 500kg Second World War bomb, which was found during pre-planned construction work in the early hours of Sunday morning, caused London City Airport to shut for the day and a 214m ‘exclusion zone’ set up around the area.

The device was taken along the Thames to Shoeburyness, where there is Ministry of Defence-owned land, with bomb disposal experts detonating it underwater yesterday.

Minister for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster said: “Our armed forces are on standby 24/7 to keep the people of the United Kingdom safe.

“I’m immensely proud of the Royal Navy bomb disposal teams who have worked in very difficult conditions to safely dispose of this Second World War bomb.”

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